BUSWELL, R.A., SOAR, R.C., GIBB, A.G.F. and THORPE, A., 2005. The potential of freeform construction processes. IN: Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Solid Freeform Fabrication, Austin, Texas, USA, pp. 503 - 512
The level of automation technology and processes control found in modern day construction
lags significantly behind other industries such as automotive and aerospace. The construction
industry has health and safety issues and still uses traditional methods of procurement. These
problems are compounded by diminishing skills in the labour force. Methods of production
must change if these issues are to be resolved and Freeform Construction is a collection of
processes that could have potential impact. This paper outlines some of the major issues
facing construction and sets a context with examples of digital fabrication in construction.
Freeform Construction is defined and potential applications are presented and related to
application scale. The viability of two potential applications are investigated in terms of cost.